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meet Our Instructors

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M Teresa Brown

M Theresa Brown is a long time professional portrait artist whose career continues to evolve and embrace many areas of the Arts. Her years of printmaking and color work led her to the fiber arts. Using those skills she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses both synthetic and natural dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs that she transforms into fashion forward art.  Email address: theresa@thesilkthread.com

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Jane Bynum

Jane Bynum retired from a career in biochemistry and pharmaceutical research in 2009. Since then, she has been teaching and sharing her passion for fiber and textiles at NC and VA venues, including the NCSU Crafts Center. Since childhood, she has loved creating with many fiber arts, including quilting, smocking, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Never one to stop learning and expanding her knowledge Jane has taken the opportunity to study under many world-class spinning and weaving instructors, and shares what she has learned from them with her students.  jbynum52@yahoo.com 

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Vicki Clontz

Vickie’s love of fibers, fabric, wool and folk art shine through in each of the 120+ patterns she has designed for her company, Annie’s Keepsakes, celebrating 30 years of business in 2020! Vickie’s unique designs have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she brings her easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her classes and workshops. Vickie has taught fiber art at shows and shops across the country, and loves to see students’ joy when they complete their finished projects. To see more of Vickie’s work and class samples, please visit her web-site and blog at http://www.annieskeepsakes.com
and http://anniesblogspot.com

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Laura Barker

Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter’s Magazine, Knitty, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. She was an instructor at a DC LYS, and has taught for Stitches Events and various retreats. Her work may also be found at and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She was founding VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

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Rusty Boyd has been a fiber fanatic for over 35 years. He learned to crochet around age 9, then took up knitting at the young age of 33. Since beginning knitting, Rusty has had patterns published by Skacel Knitting, Inc., Love of Knitting Magazine, and Love of Crochet Magazine. He has self-published several patterns and is currently working on more. For the past seven years, he has coordinated the Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat held annually in the fall. Rusty lives in Murfreesboro, NC with his wife, Heather, daughter, Eleanor, a son, Avery, and 3 dachshunds. His designs may be found on Ravelry at smalltownknitguy.
Email address:
 smalltownknitguy@gmail.com

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Varian Brandon

Varian Brandon started knitting at eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. Following that inspiration, she is now designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, international magazines, and her own website. Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques at local yarn shops, regional fiber festivals, and for the past thirteen years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina which she coordinates. She can be found online at
www.brandonknittingdesigns.com
and on Ravelry as VarianBrandon. Varian Brandon –
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Kelli Crispin

Kelli Crispin began her art career working in abstract watercolor, but now works primarily in fiber, including shibori wearable art and wall hangings, as well as Navajo-style weaving. She have led several collaborative fabric dyeing projects at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, and teaches indigo shibori workshops through the Triangle Weavers Guild.    

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Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLYSpin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest invention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel Jolie knits.

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Chelsea Fehskens

My name is Chelsea Fehskens, I love working with fiber in one form or another. I learned about the fiber world from farm to yarn. Starting with raising sheep, learning to shear and processing wool to a finished product by spinning yarn. I raise Finn Sheep with my family at our small homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Raising sheep and hand spinning is such a fun experience, I love sharing it with others willing to learn. Email address: crfehskens@gmail.com

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Nancy Gaines

My grandmother handed me a crochet hook when I was nine years old, my mother sat me down at a sewing machine when I was 10 years old, and my cousin taught me embroidery when I was 12. I’ve been hooked ever since. Over the years I’ve explored spinning, weaving, dyeing, bobbin lace, and almost anything else you can do with
fiber. I currently run the fiber arts tent in the living history program at the
Carolina Renaissance Festival demonstrating a variety of fiber arts. I do
demonstrations at other local events, teach fiber arts at Center for Faith
& the Arts in Salisbury, and at our local fiber guild. Come join me in the
adventure.

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Kim Garnett

Kim is an engineer by day and a fiber fanatic at night. She taught herself to knit in college and then came back to it about 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Her first love is lace knitting, but she now knits a little bit of everything. She has been an instructor at Downtown Knits in Apex since it opened in 2010. She has also taught at Unwind.  Email address: kgarnett2001@gmail.com

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Dawn Hummer

Dawn was recently awarded Saori Weaving Studio designation and certification from Saorinomori in Osaka, Japan. She has taught artistic creativity across mediums to students, groups and individuals with varying degrees of ability. A recent transplant to Chapel Hill, NC from Austin, TX, Dawn balances personal artistic exploration while continuing to carry forward a passion for facilitating creative expression and joy within the larger community through artful and sculptural weaving. 

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Elaina Kenyon

Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, she discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of her greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.

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Glenda Moore

Glenda is a self taught knitter, spinner, dyer and felter who dabbles in weaving and any other fiber art she can find.  She is the shepherdess on the family farm Three Sheeps to the Wind Farm where she has a flock of award winning Blueface and Border Leicester sheep she shears herself (with some help from her husband Jasper and their kids)while living the farm to yarn life.  She has been knitting since age 8 and spinning for the last 14 years.  She also runs a home for wayward male Alpaca, a few angora bunnies and one Angora goat named Clueless Morgan.  She teaches beginning spinning to anyone who wants to learn and is a Merlin Tree spinning wheel dealer. 

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Chellie LaPointe

Chellie’s love for slow processes, knitting, fiber, and the woolly animals that produce it led her learn to spin. 7 years later, she and her trusty Ashford Traveler wheel have created miles and miles of hand-spun yarn.  She loves to share the history of spinning and fiber arts with others, as well as the joys of creating with hand-spun yarn. In 2018, she started her own business, Little Bird Yarn Company, to sell her handspun yarn. She sells her work at markets throughout the Southeast and online.

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Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson and her family own a farm in Fines Creek, North Carolina. In 1990, two sheep came to the Wilson family. Since then, Jehovah Raah Farm (like us on Facebook) has grown to Shetland sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Angora goats, Angora Rabbits, and Scottish Highland Cattle. Julie has been spinning since 1990, and has retired from 30 years of teaching high school Special Education. She has taught Beginning Spinning at SAFF and she is in her fifth year teaching at New York Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Julie will drop everything and meet someone anywhere and teach them to spin! Julie is a Lendrum Spinning Wheel Dealer.

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Prabha Ramakrishnan

I have been making bobbin lace for the past 10 years and am as excited about it today as when I first sat in front of a lace pillow. I am a member of Sir Walters Lacers, North Carolina Regional Lacers (NCRL), International Organization of Lace (IOLI) and OIDFA. I am currently the President of NCRL and also am on the board of IOLI as the editor of the IOLI quarterly Bulletin. I teach bobbin lace to beginners and demonstrate bobbin lace at every opportunity, including at CFF every year.
I love all things fiber, am an experienced knitter, crocheter and quilter, love to tat but am absolutely addicted to bobbin lace. I have taught quilting and knitting over the years. Teaching is in my blood; I retired from the Physics department at NCSU

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Lisa Q Wirtz

Liza Q. Wirtz, better known as Q, weaves, spins, and teaches freestyle weaving at her fiber-arts studio, the Foldout Cat, in Huntsville, Alabama’s well-known arts facility and creative community, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. She studies SAORI philosophy and weaving with Sarah Dauro/Handmade SAORI and Denise Prince/SAORI Peachtree City and is working towards becoming an official SAORI studio. Q’s other creative hats include those of baker, singer, and – yes – estate-planning attorney. Q can be found online at:
http://foldoutcat.com Facebook as The Foldout Cat Instagram and Twitter as @foldoutcat

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Kim Underhill

My name is Kim Underhill. My husband Tom and I live on our farm, John 15:5, in Raleigh, NC. Cats, vegetable gardens, honey bees, chickens, heritage turkeys and pedigreed rabbits all call John 15:5 Farm their home with us. I learned how to knit in my early 20’s and took quite an interest in both knitting and crocheting. All I knew was the world of acrylic yarn. Then it happened! I was at an event where I came upon a vendor selling yarn spun from sheep, goats and angora rabbits that she raised on her farm. I asked, what is so special about your yarn and how does it differ than the acrylic I use? She said, just feel it. From that moment – I was hooked! No more acrylic yarn for me! So began my love affair with fiber and the flood gates opened. I wanted to experience everything there was to experience with fiber. I began with felting: needle and wet. Along the way I have met many lovely fiber artists that have encouraged, mentored and inspired me, and I hope I can do the same for you. I am looking forward to meeting you.  

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Alesia Moore

Alesia started her fiber odyssey over a decade ago with a couple of sheep and a passion to learn more. They patiently taught her much about life, farming and fiber! She now lives on a small farm in Youngsville, NC with her husband and son and together they shepherd a very eclectic flock of award winning sheep. While learning everything she could about fiber, Alesia discovered and fell in love with the process of felting. “It is a fascinating art – tactile and physical, beautiful and full of possibilities.” She is now an award winning fiber artist, businesswoman and enthusiastic teacher who loves to share her fiber knowledge with others. She considers workshops a great opportunity to share her passion and encourage others to discover their hidden artist and the possibilities this wonderful medium has to offer. In 2017 Alesia and her family expanded their fiber endeavors to include Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill – a family owned and operated custom fiber processing mill. 
Email address: Alesia@ShepherdsGateFiberMill.com

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Connie Lee Lynch

 Connie Lee Lynch is a Certified Crochet Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and has been teaching crochet since 2013. She has been designing since 2009 with her first pattern published in Interweave Crochet Magazine in 2012. She was a participant in several community charity and art projects, including Something in the Water, an ongoing global eco-art project that was first displayed at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, PA in May of 2011. She is also the co-founder of the Central Texas Crochet Guild, located near Fort Hood, where she and her husband moved from in 2016 with their son, Carson. They now live in Williamsburg along with their dog, Baxter, and cat, Truman.
“I’ve always loved textured crochet, but once I learned that I could sculpt with crochet, which I learned through the art of amigurumi, it opened a whole new world to me because suddenly I understood it in a completely different way. The designing process has come to be my favorite part of crocheting because that’s where I get to actually create. My husband says crocheting is like magic, which I’m rather fond of him saying in all honesty, but for me the magic happens when I figure out how to transform an idea in my head into a unique, handmade piece of art that I’m proud to share with the world.” You can find a selection of her patterns at www.crochetcetera.com as well as on Ravelry and Craftsy. Join Connie in one of her local classes today to learn one of her original designs along with handy tips and tricks to help take your crocheting to the next level!